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I just finished Wolfenstein: Old Blood and I am currently enjoying Wolfenstein: The New Order. It seemed to me that both game released with some acclaim, but without much attention. Perhaps that’s due to the general public experience with the game being similar to my own.

Wolfenstein is a very competent game. However, in all of its systems, the game simply does not excel in anything. It is good in many things, but I certainly felt it lacking in many some indescribable way, where the game refuses to stick with me.

For those who don’t know, Wolfenstein: The New Order is almost a reboot of the series, where you fight the Nazis in 1960 after they already won the war. It is set in an alternate timeline rife with potential. However, this potential is considerably wasted, and that’s where I think most of the game weaknesses are.

It simply doesn’t do much with its story.

B. J. is supposed to be a stereotype of sort, but he shows glimpses of personality. Anya is a character the game attempts, and succeeds, in making us care about, but is handled with the subtlety of a jackhammer.

The story progresses like B. J. cutting through paper, with the sense of gravity in the setting all gone when a handful of people can upset the regime that won against the world. I feel that sloppiness in the storytelling spells similarly to the gameplay, where all systems are well, but it doesn’t go the heights you feel the game is capable off.

Ultimately, Wolfenstein is a good game that looks like it could be much better than it actually is.

*- I have never tried Magic: The Gathering trading card game, and never was part of any trading card game scene outside of individula videogames. Which makes me appreciate the kind of guide Bass wrote here is it looks to be an excellent guide if I ever want to become part of the scene.

S- Check out the latest comments of the week by the excellent COTW team.

Let us kill some Nazis

Wait a minute, where did this robot dog come from

R- Devil May Cry is one of the pioneering (if not THE pioneer) gaes for the Character Action genre in 3D, and Kerrik52 writes an excellent review about this monumently important game. Nearly as iconic as the game it was originally a prototype off.

F- Relatively new blogger, XBleed is sharing his love for the Ragnarok manga by explaining to us how he got into it in the first place.

Also, don't we kill Nazis in like, every other game

Not all Nazis carry mini-guns though
I just finished the Sega Genesis reviews series, and with that I have finished reviewing both major fourth generation consoles. With that done, I am now moving on to review the fifth generation of consoles, starting with the Saturn.

Stay tuned for the first review to hit.

Anyway, here are the games I am currently playing. Those in bold I am going to review when completed:
  • Little King's Story (Wii).
  • Bug! (Saturn).
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U).
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4).
  • Wooden Sen'SaY (Wii U).
  • Culdcept: Revolt (3DS).

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Here is my conclusion for the Genesis:

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When it comes to October, it's pretty easy to come up with an idea for Bloggers Wanted. Halloween presents a lot of options. People will start playing horror games and marathon scary movies, but then there's the ultimate question for the day itself:

"What am I going to wear?"

Costumes are, after all, at the very heart of Halloween's fun. Whether you're playing a game with a canon character like Lara Croft, Spider-Man or a customized character in Monster Hunter World or an MMO, you're still faced with the question of what are you going to look like. Sometimes you even have stat bonuses to further complicate things, while other games have made it so you can have all the lovely stat bonuses and still make something that looks nice to you. Some folks even take this all huge step further and will realize such costumes for real-life cosplay.

As someone that posts often about Final Fantasy XIV, I have spent countless hours obtaining all kinds of armor, weapons and accessories from various corners of the game and only for the reason of it looking cool. In fact, once I have a job at 50, I feel obligated to give each of my jobs a fanciful glowing weapon before I press forward.

And then I give each job their own little pet sidekick, because I have decided my character is a Disney princess. Then I write macros that give them a blend of super sentai/Sailor Moon transformations because henshin a-go-go, baby!

But, if I'm honest, my one true love in regards to outfits in the game is the Invalician Samurai set, which I got from the Rabanastre raid. The design is pulled right from the Final Fantasy Tactics' art concept of the female samurai and is wonderfully realized.

But sometimes looking good comes at a price, too. I remember my favorite look for my Corsair in Final Fantasy XI required me wearing pants that reduced my movement speed by twenty percent and some of the best stat-based builds in Monster Hunter can make you look silly.

So this month's topic for Bloggers Wanted is costumes. Whether the costume is realized in-game or in real-life, we'd like for you to to discuss your favorite creations or tributes to characters, whether it's a custom look, a canon character or even a character skin like you'd find in Overwatch or Fortnite. You can discuss cosplays you've done, or cosplayers you admire. You can even talk about the plights of stat-based function over fashion.

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